PI Now.Com recently published a post in which a list from private investigators who shared their concerns about their profession. Several items on the list addressed the issue of integrity within the private investigator profession.
Concerns which made the list include:
- Unlicensed and/or non-professional investigators.
- The criminals and unethical investigators working illegally, undercutting prices, and giving industry a bad name
- The flood of low rate investigators coming in from retired law enforcement
- The business is being taken over by people who do not care about their integrity and can do anything to succeed in their goals
- PI’s all over the country need to be held to a higher standard as to weed out those with no integrity
What are the requirements to become a licensed private investigator?
The requirements will differ from state to state, and each state has its stipulations, except for Wyoming, South Dakota, Idaho, and Mississippi which do not require a license to practice as a private investigator.
According to the state of New York Division of Licensing:
What are the requirements to be a licensed Private Investigator?
You must be 25 years of age and a principal in the business entity to be licensed. Additionally, as the individual possessing the expertise to oversee the day-to-day conduct of investigations, you must have passed the private investigator examination within the two years immediately prior to your application date and have either three years experience or three years equivalent position and experience. All applicants must be fingerprinted.
What do the terms “experience” and “equivalent position and experience” mean?
“Experience” is defined as three years of full-time investigative experience as a proprietary investigator, employee of a licensed private investigator, or an investigator in a government investigative agency or police agency.
“Equivalent experience” is defined as three years in a position where the primary duties were to conduct investigations, or three years of experience supervising and reviewing the work of at least three persons performing investigations, or New York State police officers or fire marshals with 20 years of service irrespective of title.
The Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Security and Investigative Affairs offers a private investigators fact sheet which lays out a complete picture for those wishing to pursue the trade. They also address qualifications and requirements for firearms permit, tear gas permit, and insurance.
Education, Experience, Ethics
Bob Rahn and Kim Anklin, principles of Management Resources LTD of NY, are two private investigators who approach the profession with years of experience, backgrounds in law enforcement, and degrees in higher education. Integrity and full transparency is built into their business.
Celebrating 20 years in business, Rahn and Anklin have the expertise needed to assist attorneys, insurance companies and corporations with investigations, as well as professionally analyzing data to provide solutions for security related problems.
Holding licenses in New York and New Jersey, the Management Resources team recently achieved the New Jersey Investigator of the Year Award for their exemplary investigative work in the Jonathan Fleming wrongful conviction case in Brooklyn, NY.
Rahn and Anklin were invited by Penn State University to participate in their online course, Presumed Innocent: The Social Science of Wrongful Convictions. They were interviewed for the class and continue to communicate with students through the forum, “Ask Kim Anything.”
Management Resources Ltd of New York is a professional investigative firm licensed in New York and New Jersey. . Management Resources is a member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Associated Licensed Detectives of New York, and Founding Members and Regional Directors of Investigating Innocence.
Bob Rahn and Kim Anklin are available for interviews or speaking engagements. Contact ImaginePublicity at 843-808-08509 or email firstname.lastname@example.org